Home for Christmas
Columbia (CK 46796)
September 11, 1990
The album was recorded in July 1990 at Nightingale Studios in Nashville, Tennessee.
Release and promotion
The album was released September 11, 1990, on CD and cassette.It also received a limited LP release exclusively in the Netherlands.
Dolly promoted the album's release with a television special titled Dolly Parton: Christmas at Home. It aired December 21, 1990 on ABC. The special features footage of Dolly in the studio recording the album, visiting and singing with her family at the Tennessee Mountain Home where she grew up, and musical performances filmed at a church and various other locations in the Smoky Mountains.
Thom Owens from AllMusic gave the album 2 out of 5 stars. He criticized the album's production as "a bit too slick," but said that Dolly's "irrepressible charm" makes it a "reasonably enjoyable holiday record."
The album debuted and peaked at number 74 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart dated December 22, 1990. It spent a total of two weeks on the chart. In 1994, it peaked at number 37 on the Billboard Top Catalog Albums chart dated December 17. The album peaked at number 29 on the Billboard Top Holiday Albums chart dated October 24, 2020.
The album was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America on December 27, 1994.
Adapted from the album liner notes.
- Dolly Parton – lead vocals, background vocals
- The Mighty Fine Band:
- Michael Davis – keyboards, percussion
- Richard Dennison – background vocals
- Jimmy Mattingly – fiddle, mandolin
- Jennifer O'Brien – background vocals
- Gary Smith – piano, Hammond B3 organ, keyboards
- Howard Smith – background vocals
- Steve Turner – drums, percussion
- Paul Uhrig – acoustic bass, bass
- Kent Wells – acoustic guitar, electric guitar
- Robert Williams – dobro
- Stuart Duncan – mandolin, fiddle
- Carl Jackson – acoustic guitar
- Michael Johnson – gut string guitar
- Jack Smith – steel guitar
- Alisha Jones Wall – Hammond dulcimer
Additional background vocals
- Bob Bailey
- Bobby Jones & Nashville
- Theresa J. Comer, Everett Drake, Nuana Dunlap, Gary E. Jenkins, Bobby Jones, Lenoria Ridley, Lawrence D. Thomison, Harry Watkins, Angela Wright
- The Christ Church Pentecostal Choir
- Jason Beddoe, Coby Coffman, Al Coleman, Melissa Coleman, Joy Gardner, Landy Gardner, Vicki Pointer, Rebekah Rayburn, Tanya Sykes, Mark Warren
- Carl Jackson
- The New Salem Methodist Church Congregation
- Our Kids
- Trent Ashcraft, Alyson Chance, Hannah Dennison, Vanessa Hollowell, Jake Hoover, Crystal Hunt, Amy Johnson, Gretchen Johnson, Cole Kiracofe, Ian Kiracofe, Bryan Seaver, Rebecca Seaver, Austin Smith, Brandon Smith, Tiffany Smith, David Turner, Katie Turner, Derek Wells, Dustin Wells